Charles Frederick Cherrett

Date of birth: 1895
Place of birth: Southampton
Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery
Battalion: 227th Siege Bty.
Rank / Service No: Gunner, 128774
Died: 20th April 1917, aged 22 years
Buried: Duisans British Cemetery (Plot II, Row L, Grave 18)


Before the War 

Charles was born in 1895 to Charles (1868 -1926) and Alice Mary Cherrett (nee Tabor 1871 – 1957). His parents were married in Southampton in 1890.


The 1911 census showed that 4 of Charles’ siblings had died before the census was taken. Their names were Charles John, Alice, Rosa and Kathleen and have been included on the census form, although their names have been crossed through. All of the children’s names were recorded in the order that they were born. Their is a birth and death record for Florence Robina in 1900 which coincides with the census, but cannot be proved that this is Rosa.


Charles John (1890 – 1890)


Alice (1891 – 1891)


Henry John (14/02/1893 – 1978)

Henry served in the First World War and the entry from the National Roll of the Great war read:

‘CHERRETT, H.J., L/Cpl., 1/5th Hampshire Regt. He volunteered in September 1914, and was speedily sent to India where he served throughout the war. He was first engaged on important duties but later took part in the operations against the Afghans on the North West Frontier. In November 1919 he returned home and was demobilised holding the General Service and Victory Medals, and the India General Service Medal (1908)with Clasp Afghanistan, N.W. Frontier, 1919.

31, Duke Street, Southampton.’


He married Alice Emily Beatrice Duffield (15/04/1902 – 06/06/1989 ) in Southampton in 1922.


Rosa (1900 – 1900)

Alice Elizabeth (1896 – 1961)

Alice married George Ernest Vaudin (1898 – 1962) in Southampton in 1922.


Edith Ethel M (1898 – 1931)

Edith married George Alfred Cummins (12/08/1895 – 1986) in Southampton in 1917.


Elsie Maud (26/10/1901 – 1994)

Elsie married Alfred Leslie Bushell (27/05/1901 – 1969) in Southampton in 1924.


Violet (11/09/1903 – 1992)

Violet married Andrew John Chivers (28/12/1901 – 1995) in Southampton in 1927.


Dorothy Emily (14/06/1905 – 1990)

Dorothy married Leonard George Radford (25/12/1904 – 1990) in Southampton in 1928.


Kathleen ( 1907 – 1907)


Ernest Albert (03/06/1909 – 1993)


The 1891 census shows that Charles’ parents were living at 61 James Street, Southampton and his father was employed as a general labourer.

By 1901 they had moved to 10 Henry Street with their children Henry, Charles, Alice and Edith. Charles senior was employed as a ships fireman.

When the 1911 census was taken the family were living at 31 Duke Street, Southampton with an additional 3 children, Elsie, Violet and Ernest. Both Charles and his father were working as boiler sealers and Henry was a coal trimmer. This was a man who worked as part of a team distributing the coal into the hold of a ship. His job involved dealing with all coal handling tasks from the loading to its delivery to the stoker.


Military History 

The extract from The National Roll of The Great War reads:


‘CHERRETT, C.F., Gunner R.G.A.

He volunteered in August 1914, and on completion of his training was retained on important duties at various stations until January 1917. He was then sent to France and after taking part in much heavy fighting was killed in action at the Battle of Arras on April 21st 1917. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals

31 Duke Street, Southampton’


The UK Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects records that Charles died at number 8 Casualty Clearing Station and his effects were sent to his father. The clearing station was located at Agnez-les-Duisans, between 5th March 1917 to 15th April 1918. From March 1916 the Commonwealth forces occupied the area around Duisans, but it was not until February 1917 that the site was chosen for the cemetery for the 8th Casualty Clearing Station. Most of the graves relate to the Battle of Arras.


Charles is buried at Duisans British Cemetery, Grave reference 2. L. 18. His father added a personal inscription:


‘He gave his life’


The cemetery is one kilometre north of Duisans and 3207 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated here. There are also 88 German war graves.

Researcher: Jackie Chandler
Published: 28th October 2016


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